BEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Begin your journey towards a challenging yet rewarding career in chemical engineering by studying at the subject's birthplace: Manchester.

You will learn the fundamentals of a key subject concerned with the design and management of processes that carry out molecular transformations on a large scale - providing the products and materials that we all need, from oil and gas to food and pharmaceuticals.

At Manchester, all of our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), meaning your education will equip you to graduate with an industrially approved degree. There will be emphasis on the technical aspects of chemical engineering, and these revolve around managing the behaviour of materials and chemical reactions, as well as predicting and manipulating compositions, flows, temperatures, and pressures of solids, liquids and gases. All of these elements of chemical engineering will be brought together in the consideration of the overall design of chemical processes.

This is balanced with process safety and sustainability, which are inherent to all of our programmes. The latter is heavily embedded within your third-year design project. Here, you will undertake an open-ended team project to design a complete production process. 

Examples have included the sustainable production of chemicals such as propylene oxide and ethylene glycol from waste, and our design teams have won more IChemE Macnab-Lacey Prize for their efforts than any other university.

Aims

  • You will study a range of core material, learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering.
  • We will help you understand and describe chemical, physical and biological processes using mathematical equations.
  • You will benefit from hands-on experience using specialist equipment, and learn techniques applied in industry for large-scale manufacturing.
  • You will develop skills that will be of great use in your future career, such as teamworking, problem-solving, communication, and the use of information technology.

Special features

Outstanding reputation

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at Manchester has an excellent international reputation, and a qualification from us can be your passport to a successful career anywhere in the world.

We are ranked 5th in the UK for chemical engineering, and 8th in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2021).

Leading facilities

Get to grips with an incredible array of facilities and equipment . Our £12 million James Chadwick Building houses the biggest pilot scale laboratory of any university in the UK.

Welcoming community

Our Department has a rich history and a bright future - and always a welcoming and encouraging student community. Find out more on our Department blog .

Expert guidance

You'll be taught by true experts in their fields, and our renowned Careers Service can help you make the right next steps.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in Chemical Engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:

  • Key Lectures providing fundamental aspects supporting critical learning
  • Tailor-made videos delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Synchronous sessions to support the lecture and video material with Q&As
  • Problem solving sessions allowing application of taught concepts
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring

Students are expected to expand the concepts presented in the session and online by additional reading (suggested in the Online Reading List) in order to consolidate their learning process and further stimulate their interest to the module.

To ensure you feel supported during your course, surgery hours are also available for drop-in support. Feedback on problems and examples, feedback on coursework and exams, and model answers will also be provided through the virtual learning environment. A discussion board provides an opportunity to discuss topics related to the material presented in the module.

A typical week in your first year of study will compromise of approximately 35 hours of activity, of which the balance of timetabled study and independent or self-directed study will vary depending on your modules across the semester.

A typical taught 10 credit module in your first year of study will comprise of approximately 24 hours of core learning material (e.g., recorded lectures, problem solving sessions), 44 hours of self-guided work (e.g., continuous assessment, extra problems, reading), and 32 hours of exam style assessment revision and preparation. Across the year, you will take 100 credits of taught module, 10 credits of design and 10 credits of practical work.

As you progress through the course an increasing emphasis will be placed on practical and design work where you will be applying your knowledge and skills in substantial individual and group projects.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring

We're proud of our innovative PASS and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning

 Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate, helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

Coursework and assessment

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework reports and exercises, written examinations, online examinations, presentations, posters, and interviews. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.

Our first and second year laboratories are assessed by a range of methods to develop the complementary transferrable skills that will be vital in the workplace, for example:

  • Technical report
  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Poster display

The third year Design Project is assessed by group and individual design reports, a group presentation and an individual interview, with peer assessment being also incorporated.

Course content for year 1

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme and are referred to as mandatory units. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Engineering Mathematics 1 CHEN10011 10 Mandatory
Engineering Chemistry CHEN10022 10 Mandatory
Process Fluid Flow CHEN10031 10 Mandatory
Process Engineering Fundamentals CHEN10041 10 Mandatory
Computational Methods for Chemical Engineering CHEN10051 10 Mandatory
Laboratory Projects 1 CHEN10060 10 Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 2 CHEN10072 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics CHEN10081 10 Mandatory
Process Heat Transfer CHEN10092 10 Mandatory
Chemical Engineering Design Project CHEN10122 10 Mandatory
Engineering Biotechnology CHEN10162 10 Mandatory
Chemical Thermodynamics CHEN10192 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Laboratory Projects 2 CHEN20020 20 Mandatory
Engineering Mathematics 3 CHEN20041 10 Mandatory
Chemical Engineering Optimisation CHEN20051 10 Mandatory
Distillation & Absorption CHEN20072 10 Mandatory
Process Integration CHEN20082 10 Mandatory
Momentum, Heat & Mass Transfer CHEN20112 10 Mandatory
Chemical Reactor Design CHEN20141 10 Mandatory
Process Safety CHEN20152 10 Mandatory
Materials Science and Mechanical Design CHEN20191 10 Mandatory
Process Design & Simulation CHEN21112 10 Mandatory
Solids Processing CHEN20061 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

The course unit details listed below are those you will be expected to study as part of this programme and are mandatory units. These are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
BEng Design Project 1 CHEN30132 15 Mandatory
BEng Design Project 2 CHEN30142 20 Mandatory
BEng Design Project 3 CHEN30152 15 Mandatory
Advanced Engineering Separations (BEng) CHEN30171 10 Mandatory
Process Control (BEng) CHEN30191 10 Mandatory
Catalytic Reaction Engineering (BEng) CHEN30251 10 Mandatory
Process Synthesis (BEng) CHEN30311 10 Mandatory
Process Design BEng CHEN33122 10 Mandatory
Sustainable Development & Industry BEng CHEN33201 10 Mandatory
Batch Processing BEng CHEN33321 10 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science offers The Morton Award for International Excellence and George Davis Awards for Academic Excellence. For further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit the scholarship information pages.

What our students say

Image of student Miew Ki Liew

As a huge advocate for environmental sustainability, I was thrilled when there was a Sustainability Development and Industry module in the first semester of my third year.

This module has provided me with the knowledge of the different aspects of sustainability in industry, which interests me as I hope to pursue a career towards sustainability in the future.

Miew Ki Liew / Chemical Engineering student
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science blog .

Facilities

In our £12 million James Chadwick Building you'll have access to modern lab spaces, dedicated computer suites, and a famed pilot scale area with a range of large-scale industrial processing equipment. It's one of the biggest and best of any European university. See our outstanding facilities for yourself through our virtual open day .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk